New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has pitched brilliantly this season. He has a 2.78 ERA, good for ninth best in the American League. He also has a 1.04 WHIP that ranks eighth in the AL and one complete game, which puts him in seventh place. Statistically, he’s having a brilliant season in all but one category: wins.
Kuroda has gotten very little run support from his teammates this year, and it’s got to be frustrating. Even though CC Sabathia has more wins, Kuroda has looked like the Yankees ace. His last start was an impressive eighth-inning performance in which he allowed only two runs and struck out three while walking two. But the Yankees only scored two themselves, and Kuroda earned a no-decision.
New York has lost the last five games in which Kuroda has started, which might lead you to believe that he’s pitched poorly. However, aside from giving up five runs in two innings of work against the Baltimore Orioles, Kuroda has pitched very well during these games. It’s just that the Yankees offense has done absolutely nothing for him. Even if he had pitched shutouts, they probably wouldn’t have scored any runs, and he would earn another no-decision.
If not for the Yankees lack of run support, Hiroki Kuroda might have eight or nine wins already this season. Instead, he only has six. He’ll look for his seventh win Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. For his sake, I hope the Yankees score some runs.